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Diana and the Underworld Odyssey

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My daughter loved this book and so did I! Fast paced and exciting, I love how Aisha Saeed took an old favorite and made it fresh.
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Firstly, I love Aisha Saeed because the Aladdin book. I didn't request this book, and it was a sequel so it was confusing. I did like however the fact tat it was Wonder Woman, I feel like the world needs to appreciate the female superheroes more. This book would probably have been better if I read the first book.
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This is a fun adventure; I really enjoyed seeing Diana interact with the gods. It’s great seeing her origin story and how she developed and learned about her skills. The setting is so great for this; I particularly enjoyed her time in the Underworld and the challenges she faced there. Her compassion throughout this journey is particularly well written and I really enjoyed all the characters in the book. I am excited to see how this series continues.
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Diana and the Underworld Odyssey
By: Aisha Saeed

Random House Children's

Random House Books for Young Readers

Children's Fiction

Publish Date May 25, 2021


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I really enjoyed this book. I gave it 4 stars. It is also a quick read. This is the second book in the Wonder Woman adventure series for middle grade. I didn't read the first book so I missed that adventure and how she met one of her friends. You do not have to read the first book to read one this one though.

This book is about children being kidnapped for the special powers. At the beginning of the book you don't know who is behind the kidnapping but about half way you are told or it is easy to figure out before hand.

Diana has two of her friends taken and she wants to help save them. She has escaped being kidnapped a couple of times. She is actually the most wanted in the children. She doesn't understand why because she doesn't think she has any special powers. 

She has many adventures and challenges in this book to help friends.

By the title of the book you probably figured out she goes to go to the Underworld to save her friends.

This book leaves you on a cliff hanger so you will want to the sequel.

I would recommend this book and the series. The only thing I really didn't like is the Diana acted towards her Elders and that she did things because she wanted to and not what she was told to do.
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I received an advance reader copy of this book through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Diana and the Underworld Odyssey is a middle grade fantasy/adventure featuring a young Princess Diana/Wonder Woman. I didn’t find out until I was about halfway through it that this is the second part of a three-book series. That did not affect my enjoyment of the book, and I may go back and read the first book of the series as well.

This volume included a lot of interaction between Diana and the pantheon of Greek gods and goddesses, and other creatures and characters from Greek mythology. It reads like a Rick Riordan novel, but without the constant humorous elements Riordan provides. It’s a satisfyingly fast-paced story – it seemed like I’d barely begun it when I was halfway through.

I gave Diana and the Underworld Odyssey five stars on Goodreads. I recommend it for all young readers, and for older readers who enjoy children’s fantasy.
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Thank you, NetGalley, for a digital ARC of "Diana and the Underworld Odyssey"

Aisha Saeed's version of a young Princess Diana makes my superhero-loving heart so happy! In this novel, Diana struggles with feeling competent and worthy because of the adults who undermine her for her age - something I've felt in the past, and I'm sure many young girls can relate to as well. I also appreciated how the author depicted Diana's response to trauma and how the events from book 1 affected her mental state and her journey to overcome it.
When I requested this book on NetGalley, I was still pretty new to the website so I was just browsing for books that caught my eye, and this one certainly grabbed my attention. I saw it was about a character I love (Wonder Woman), and is written by an author I enjoy (Aisha Saeed), so I sent in a request without reading the description. I didn't realize it was the second book in the series, but when I received it I decided to read it despite the fact I haven't read the first one. However, the story does recap the important parts of what happened in the first book, so I was never lost or confused about going on. Even though I liked the characters and themes, I do think overall the book is pretty average. The plot moves fast and is formulaic like many other middle-grade adventure books, and there's nothing wrong with that, but to me the way the plot hopped from one event to the next made it feel like just going through the motions.
This book is very reminiscent of Percy Jackson, although I'd say most books that include Greek gods do. I think this book includes a lot of great themes for young readers, and I'd definitely recommend it to any kids who like Percy Jackson, Wonder Woman, superheroes, or just fantasy adventure books in general. I look forward to reading more of Saeed's books, and I hope kids can find some inspiration in Diana in this book and the rest of the series.
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I had such high hopes for this one. I admit that it might have been me coming in with unrealistic expectations and I'm fully aware that its intended audience is children, but the plot seemed like it was following a formula where Diana never really had to face a real challenge beyond the adults dismissing her for being a child. Most of the things she faces get solved simply with her being who she is, which is a mystery to new readers, so it didn't always make sense to the kid I was reading it with. 
It feels like there was a lot of background and character development set up in the previous book, including the big bad that seems to be orchestrating everything behind the scenes, and I have a feeling that having that background would have helped make this book not feel so incomplete. Alas, I don't have that background, thus I couldn't get as much enjoyment out of this as I was hoping. 
Now, to quote an actual 12-year-old's opinion: It was fine. I liked the bits of action and that Diana helped her friends.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House Books for Young Readers for the early read!
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Aisha Saeed returns with a fantastic second book, with even more adventures for Diana. Saeed does reiterate the previous book for those who need a refresher, though it really doesn’t cover how great the first book is. This book picks up a week after the first, with Diana saying goodbye to her dear friend Sakina as she leaves for home. When Sakina, and her new friend Imani, are kidnapped by mysterious cloaked figures. Diana must find out who is stealing kids and why, before they kidnap her too. Along the way Diana finds out that she is not just a kid, but a courageous hero. Is the Greek mythology adventure a bit mainstream now? Yes, probably, but a young girl on an adventure succeeding against impossible odds is still amazing to read. Especially with such a large cast of strong female characters, including a new baby dragon friend.

I appreciate that Diana is not entirely cool and collected after the ordeal in the previous book. Diana has to battle her fears in order to save her family and friends. Fears of responsibility, failure, loss, inadequacy, monsters, and unknown places. Including the dark voices in her own head. While finding that adults and authority figures do not always listen or have answers. The gods and goddesses are pretty terrible, but there are moments she learns to find empathy and compassion for difficulty people in difficult situations. Even though it is often easier for her to connect with animals. Diana is still impetuous and impatient as ever, but her determination is her best quality. She never gives up even when her adventure seems impossible to overcome. This is definitely an encouraging read, showing that even when things look impossible it is important to just try.
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My favorite part of the first book in this series was probably the friendship between Diana, Sakina, and Augustus, and losing that caused me to lose some of my enthusiasm for this second book. While young Diana is still incredible and I love reading about her and how willing she is to do whatever it takes to protect the people she cares about, there was something about this journey that missed it's mark, in my opinion. There were at least four chapters that ended with "___ was gone." And I'm sorry, but reusing the same line, and also just having that many instances where someone gets taken was just... a lot. I just wanted a little more from this story, especially after how much I loved the first book.
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
This was a fun fantasy book with amazing tones of Greek Mythology. This sequel is about Diana trying to keep her family and friends safe and about her growing up and getting older. The main issue I had with this book was the characters, because I felt like they could have been more deep characters. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this book. 4/5 stars from me.
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Dianna and the Underworld Odyssey is a fun superhero, Greek mythology romp for middle grade kids. This is a sequel that follows a young Wonder Woman trying to protect her friends and family, navigating growing up and proving that she is more than a little kid to the Amazon women around her. I remember often feeling underestimated as a young girl, and this story is empowering and full of action and danger. 

I was curious to see how Aisha Saeed would write Dianna - I’ve read several of her books, one is which confronts trauma for a young refugee girl (Amal Unbound) and I hoped that some of that emotional journey would be carried through in this as well. There is a great EQ to Dianna who struggles with the responsibility of her actions and the weight of her power.

Superhero books are not normally my thing, but this is a great addition for young kids who like the genre, with a fierce young protagonist.
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Thanks to NetGalley & Random House Children's for the early copy in exchange for an honest review. My actual rating is 3.5 stars. 

A sequel that continues to follow Diana's adventures, this time, it takes her to the Underworld of Greek Mythology! Magical kids have started disappearing and it is figured out that they have been kidnapped one by who?

I really enjoyed the Greek Myths throughout the story, especially the ones that are lesser-known get to make an appearance which was nice. Diana is quick-witted and able to hold herself in a fight but also compassionate, befitting of a Wonder Woman. ;) 

My main issue is that the characters aren't really fleshed out, including Diana, so it was hard to connect to anyone.  All the adults were, well, useless, but that's pretty typical of these chapter books. Still, the greek myth bits here and there kept me invested. 

Fun series, it'll be fun to see the rest of the series in the future!
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4.5/5 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and Random House Children's for providing this e-arc!

To preface this review, i went in not realizing this was a continuation to a series but i applaud the author for not making me feel too lost despite this factor. This follows the worldly beloved figure Wonder Woman as a child and this was such a fun action packed book! This honestly surprisingly contains more action than the majority of low fantasy books i'm used to. Like, girl why is this literal child always fighting and getting beat up. I just adored it and didn't find Diana annoying at all. Its brilliance is what makes it lack in various aspects. It felt too short for me, even for middle grade standards. Same criticism in terms of the page count written here on Goodreads. Nonetheless, I adored this and look forward to reading any books succeeding this current one.
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I wanted to enjoy this, but I ended up feeling unconnected to Diana and the world. I felt that this didn't feel like canon Diana at all, and that really didn't sit well with me. 

Maybe I'm tainted after just watching the Snyder cut of Justice League, but I did not like this at all.
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This book was received as an ARC from Random House Children's - Random House Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

Aisha Saeed does a brilliant job telling the story of Diana using her Wonder Woman powers to travel to Hades and risk her life to save Themyscira and the Amazons and figure out why everyone including her best friend and family is disappearing. Then just like any Wonder Woman adventure, it takes a new turn and Diana finds out that she is wanted by something else and not just Hades and Persphone and this monster has taken all that are close to her risking the fact that if she does not defeat Hades and this monster, she is bound to the Underworld forever. This book magnifies my love for Wonder Woman even more. The bravery, courage and physical/mental toughness Diana demonstrates throughout the book is so inspiring and motivating. I hope our young readers will see the inspiration as well as I do and continue to read on more Wonder Woman.

We will consider adding this title to our JFiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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Thank you NetGalley and Aisha Saeed for the opportunity to read the eARC of Diana and the Underworld Odyssey!

Well I was blown away from this sequel to Diana's first adventure!  The Chara festival is ending and Diana and Sakina are saying goodbye until next year, then suddenly BOOM!  Here comes the new enemy!  A force to be reckoned with, the mysterious Targuni with a golden powder that destroys anything it touches!  After Sakina is kidnapped by the Targuni and the island barely survives the attack, Queen Hiplolyta agrees to send Diana off in the custody of the God's.  It quickly becomes clear to Diana that safety will be found nowhere and after another girl is kidnapped by the Targuni, she is sent on a mission to the dangerous Underworld!  Diana's strength and heart are tested at every turn, this book is full of adventure, heart and the ties of friendship!  I am eagerly awaiting the conclusion of this amazing story!

I will post my review on Netgalley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Google play!
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When a book has a twelve-year-old protagonist and characters that include the Greek gods, it's hard not to make comparisons to the Percy Jackson series. This book feels a lot younger than those. It doesn't have the humor or a sense that anything truly bad could happen to the characters, and I don't think the Greek gods show as much personality. What I do like is how goodhearted Diana is. For that reason, and because I think the story probably works a bit better if you've read the first Wonder Woman Adventures book, I rounded up to four stars.
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Diana is back again in this great sequel! In this one children are missing and her friends are kidnapped, its up tp her to solve this!  
It was a great read and my daughter greatly enjoyed it!
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Diana and the Underworld Odyssey by Aisha Saeed
Diana and the Underworld Odyssey (Wonder Woman...
by Aisha Saeed (Goodreads Author)
Read in March 2021
Someone is kidnapping children with special powers and Diana is the main target. The Olympian gods are losing their powers. What is happening? Are the two cases related?
The adventures of Diana the princess of Temiscyra, Wonder Woman or Diana Prince as we want to call her, are always full of action and in the case of Aisha Saeeb's books, in addition to action, we find values ​​and teachings that are very suitable for MG / YA, which are the ranks of age to whom this series is directed.
However, that does not mean that young people of all ages cannot enjoy these adventures, since they are very well set, with strong characters, a magnificent plot and an ending that leaves the reader wishing to have in their hands the next book in the series.
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I loved Diana and the Island of No Return and Diana and the Underworld Odyssey did not disappoint.

I loved the way that this book shows the growth of Diana and how she is growing into not only her power, but into herself as a hero. I loved how it showed her growing in confidence on Themyscira and when she encounters people challenging her. 

Wonder Woman is such a strong superhero and I love that these books engage with a younger audience and give them stories of Diana facing the same circumstances, while not in the same settings, that they are going through.
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